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Woke on a Whaleheart
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Album: Woke on a Whaleheart
# Song Title   Time
1)    From the Rivers to the Ocean
2)    Footprints
3)    Diamon Dancer
4)    Sycamore
5)    Wheel, The
6)    Honeymoon Child
7)    Day
8)    Night
9)    Man Needs a Woman or a Man to Be a Man, A
 

Album: Woke on a Whaleheart
# Song Title   Time
1)    From the Rivers to the Ocean
2)    Footprints
3)    Diamon Dancer
4)    Sycamore
5)    Wheel, The
6)    Honeymoon Child
7)    Day
8)    Night
9)    Man Needs a Woman or a Man to Be a Man, A
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Bill Callahan (vocals, guitar); Pete Denton (guitar, synthesizer, percussion); Howard Draper (lap steel guitar, piano, Farfisa, Wurlitzer organ); Elizabeth Warren (violin, background vocals); Thor Harris (glockenspiel, drums, percussion); Steve Bernal (bass guitar); Deani Pugh-Flemmings, Deani Pugh Flemmings (background vocals).
  • Recording information: Premium Recorders, Austin, TX (11/2006).
  • Arranger: Neil Michael Hagerty.
  • When the '90s lo-fi revolution was in full swing, Bill Callahan was its Leonard Cohen, turning out dark ballads under the nom de plume of Smog. WOKE ON A WHALEHEART finds Callahan stepping out from behind his alias for the first time. Accordingly, there's an increased sense of directness here, although the arrangements don't stray too far from the Smog style (casual acoustic and electric strumming; gentle, loping rhythms). There's also a greater feeling of emotional ease, if not contentedness. Whether or not this comes from his romantic involvement with neo-folk pixie Joanna Newsom, it adds an intriguing new chapter to the Callahan/Smog story.
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (p.150) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Callahan's dark baritone, rich with observational languor, echoes classic wordsmiths like Leonard Cohen and Lee Hazlewood while retaining the micro-operatic immediacy that's been his career trademark."

The Wire (p.49) - "[A]n invaluable addition to his prolific discography, which continues to subtly evolve without ever quite tracing the same steps..."

CMJ (p.4) - "Mr. Callahan has reclaimed his real name, found true love and crafted a beautiful, simple record flush with all the forthright honesty and inviting ambiance of a campfire sing-along."
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